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describing his trip to north korea and his friendship with kim jong-un. >> one thing he asked me to give obama something to say and to do one thing. he wants obama to do one thing. call me. >> he wants a call from president obama? >> that's right. he told me that. if you can, dennis. >> pick up the phone. more from the worm's words when "way too early" comes right back. hey. they're coming. yeah. british. later. sorry. ok...four words... scarecrow in the wind... a baboon... monkey? hot stew saturday!? ronny: hey jimmy, how happy are folks who save hundreds of dollars switching to geico? jimmy: happier than paul revere with a cell phone. ronny: why not? anncr: get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. >>> with all of the news surrounding friday's sequester deadline you might be curious exactly which programs will be impacted by the cuts. though no programs will end, a couple of areas that will be hit hardest by the sequester. sound smart today, tell your friends that immigration enforcement will be cut by an estimated $581 million. that doesn't count th
in the northern capital friday, where tens of thousands turned out in support of north korean leader kim jong-un's call to arms. chanting, death to the u.s. imperialists. kim said earlier that the time had come to, quote, settle accounts with the u.s. this was in response to a u.s. show of force, b-2 bombers in exercises over south korea. kim has also ordered his missiles on standby to strike the u.s., south korea, guam, even hawaii. experts doubt he has the ability to hit u.s. targets, and think it would be pretty suicidal to try. they believe a full-scale conflict is unlikely, but do worry about a more localized provocation, perhaps around disputed waters in the yellow sea. there have been several clashes there in recent years and when i visited the area friday, i found the south most vulnerable islands just ten miles from the north on a high state of alert. the big worry is that a local skirmish or miscalculation could quickly escalate. >> ian, thank you. for more on what this means for u.s. allies here's our nbc news chief foreign affairs correspondent, andrea mitchell. andrea? >> thomas, ex
american weapons? >>> and speaking of foreign diplomacy, dennis rodman becomes the new bff to kim jong-un during a trip to north korea. yes, these are the real pictures. we'll explain later in the show. >>> first, our top story this morning comes from our nation's capital. at times it felt like a slow-moving train wreck, but time is finally up for the white house and members of congress. today, $85 billion across the board spending cuts hit federal agencies and the pentagon. two competing plans to avert the sequester failed yesterday, as expected. president obama will meet with leaders from both parties today, even though many lawmakers have already left town for the weekend. what's left is a deeply divided capital where yesterday senator lindsey graham took his own party to task for signing off on sequestration in the first place. >> i guess the republican party feels like the pell grants and food stamps and the faa and home mortgage interest deduction and all this other stuff in the federal government should be shielded, but those who have been fighting the war that protects us all from
kim jong-un. believe it. rodman and members of the harlem globetrotters made the trip to pyongyang this week as part of a documentary project. there was no guarantee that they would meet kim jong-un, but turns out the north korean leader was up for playing host. here is the pair sitting courtside at an exhibition basketball game which was capped off with a party at kim jong-un's palace. it gets better. it seems dennis rodman failed to brush up on his koreas before heading overseas. check out this tweet. maybe i'll run into gangnam style dude while i'm here. that, of course, is a reference to the south korean rapper psy. not surprisingly given the tense relationship between the north and the south, psy was not amused tweeting back, i'm from south, man. >>> next, you may have noticed that every time a poll comes out about congress, their favorability rating is embarrassingly low. here is the question though. who are the 9% or 10% or 12% of people who do give them a thumbs up? "the new york times" did some digging after their own poll found congress had a 12% favorability asking peopl
it entered a state of war with south korea. kim jong-un required rockets are ready to be fired at seoul and american bases. they revealed two nuclear capable b-2 stealth bombers. ian is covering the situation from the south. >> reporter: officials in seoul dismissed the latest outburst of more of the same. it followed a massive rally in the northern capital friday where tens and thousands came out in support of kim jong-un's charge, shouting death to the u.s. imperialists. >> escalating military confrontations would lead to further isolation. here's nbc news chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell. >> he has 8,000 troops poised 40 miles from seoul and the big worry is there could be a mistake. a miscal lags by the north would force the first woman president to retaliate. she has very little flexibility and that would instantly bring the united states into this conflict. >> earlier today north korea threatened to close the industrial complex but that site does remain open. hundreds of south koreans travel there daily. they consider the status of the the best signal of the int
's george stephanopoulos that kim jong-un wants a phone call from president obama. >> he wants obama to do one thing. call him. he loves basketball. and i said the same thing. i said, became loves basketball. let's start there. let's start there. >> rodman called kim jong-un a very humble man who doesn't want war. rodman is the first american man to meet the newest leader of north korea. he went to film a documentary with vice media. hey, we used baseball with the cubans. why not basketball? taking a deep dive in one of the most corners of that country and of the world. it's a hot bed of activity and the last pliace many believe osama bin laden was hiding. she's going to be here to share her story. ♪ constipated? yeah. mm. some laxatives like dulcolax can cause cramps. but phillips' caplets don't. they have magnesium. for effective relief of occasional constipation. thanks. [ phillips' lady ] live the regular life. phillips'. something this delicious could only come from nature. new nectresse. the 100% natural no-calorie sweetener made from the goodness of fruit. new nectresse. sweetness
a third nuclear test, and there are many things that kim jong-un who's a new leader in north korea. everyone else is newer than he is, nonetheless, he could have issued through rodman or even by letter a very -- a more sophisticated note on how he would like to stand down on the nuclear front, stand down on some of the posturing on south korea. there are many things he could have done to make this serious. he's a pop culture guy, he's a young man. we have to ask ourselves, is he trying to do what he knows. as inadequate and silly as it sounds, maybe there's something deeper there. i don't think there is, but barack obama needs to respond to serious initiatives and not just the pop culture ones. and the leader of north korea needs to learn that. >> here's what i don't get about these diplomatic niceties. why isn't this the best time to call, after north korea has done something that we really really don't want and we really want them to stop doing it. the soviet missiles were in cuba, and so president kennedy was communicating as directly with nikita khrushchev as he could. he didn'
of kim jong un, the north korean leader, peering through field glasses and threatening to annihilate a small south korean island this is that island. it's about ten miles from the north korean mainland. in fact, kim was standing just over there on that small island when he made those threats. this place is home to 5,000 civilians. and a lot of soldiers. now, you would have thought that they would have got used to threats from the north. but even here, they've been alarmed by the frequency and the intensity of the threats that have come from pyongyang. now, the latest of course, was kim saying he was readying north korean missiles to attack u.s. bases. and today there was a mass rally in the center of pyongyang, screaming death to imperialists. and of course, supporting kim jong un. analysts believe an attack on u.s. bases is not that likely. that north korea simply doesn't have the capability. more likely is some sort of limited clash here in the west sea, that's happened before. the people on this island are only too aware of that. andr andrea? >> ian williams thanks to you on the f
bad boy dennis rodman vows to be friends forever with north korea's kim jong-un. >>> plus, tiger woods puts on the hip waiters to test the waters. >>> and the faa isn't happy about these passengers doing the harlem shake. >>> good morning. the obama administration offers a powerful message to the supreme court. overturn california's ban on same-sex marriage. the court is gearing up to hear two cases on the topic later this season in the brief. officials say the ban violates the constitution's equal protection clause. same-sex marriage remains an issue dividing many americanings. only nine states in the district of columbia allow for same-sex marriages. it took an interesting turn later this week when several high-profile republicans came out in support of the movement. they include john huntsman and last year's rnc featured guest and famous open-chair talker, actor clint eastwood. >>> well, it is sequester day in washington. a meeting is set for later this morning at the white house between president obama and congressional leaders, but it might be too little, too late. lawmakers have
. the country has put rocket units on standby, saying they are willing to fire in the south pacific. kim jong-un says the north is ready to settle accounts with the u.s. imperialists. the announcements came after the u.s. flew a pair of nuclear-capable stealth bombers over south korean air space. deployed from a base in missouri, they practiced dropping bombs on a south korean range, nearly 6,500 miles away. defense secretary chuck hagel says the pentagon has not taken the regime's threats lightly. >> is north korea more dangerous today? i think they're very provocative actions and belligerent tone has ratcheted up the danger. and we have to understand that reality. >> on tuesday, kim jong-un threatened to fire on guam, hawaii, and the u.s. mainland. and has recently put ground troops and artillery on standby. and pyongyang even released a propaganda video earlier this month showing the u.s. capitol and white house under attack. >>> the situation in syria grows worse by the day. mortar shells fell on the ca cafeteria at damascus university killing at least 15 students and wounding at least 20 mo
. this declaration comes a week after former nba star dennis rodman visited north korea and called kim jong-un his friend. secretary of state john kerry weighed in on rodman's diplomatic skills yesterday with nbc's andrea mitchell. >> is it helpful when someone as high profile as dennis rodman goes to pyongyang and called kim jong-un a friend a nice guy. >> dennis rodman was a great basketball player, as a diplomat he was a great basketball player. that's where we'll leave it. >> sources tell the new york times that president obama will visit capitol hill to jump start negotiations on a series of issues including a plan to deal with the deficit. those meetings follow a series of phone conversations among the rank and file with those more likely to cut a deal. among those, lindsey graham of south carolina. >> i'm very encouraged by what i see from the president in terms of substance and tone. he's calling people. this is how you solve hard problems. what i see from the president is probably the most encouraging engagement on a big issue i've seen since the early years of his presidencpresidency. >>
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korean dictator kim jong-un. believe it. rodman and members of the harlem globetrotters made the trip to pyongyang this week as part of a documentary project. there was no guarantee that they would meet kim jong-un, but turns out the north korean leader was up for playing host. here is the pair sitting courtside at an exhibition basketball game which was capped off with a party at kim jong-un's palace. it gets better. it seems dennis rodman failed to brush up on his koreas before heading overseas. check out this tweet. maybe i'll run into gangnam style dude while i'm here. that, of course, is a reference to the south korean rapper psy. not surprisingly given the tense relationship, psy was not amused tweeting back, i'm from south, man. >>> next, you may have noticed that every time a poll comes out about congress, their favorability rating is embarrassingly low. here is the question though. who are the 9% or 10% or 12% of people who do give them a thumbs up? "the new york times" did some digging after their own poll found congress had a 12% favorability asking people why they liked co
of dennis rodman going there with kim jong-un, going back, doing the sunday talkers saying he doesn't want war. wants to speak with the president? >> well, you know, rodman got in to see kim jong-un, i couldn't. i went with eric schmidt at google. i don't think it was serious diplomacy. but i don't want to diminish rodman. it could be that the weight of this new leader is through nontraditional diplomacy. ngos. >> former chicago bulls? >> well, i won't say a sports person, but, you know, we need to talk to this guy. and he, i think, is unfortunately heading in the wrong direction. so i hope some diplomacy emerges after we put on these sanctions which i support. after we say, look, there's going to be a cost for all of this bellicose rhetoric and nuclear tests and the missile launches. i think they're gearing up for a big negotiation, the north koreans, where they say, look, you want us to stop this stuff. we want food, fuel, sanctions. >> right. >> some big grand bargain. i think that's what they're doing. but, you know, i've been there many times. i don't know what they're up to. >> great
dies after her nurse refuses to perform cpr. the family says that's okay. >>> courtside with kim jong-un. dennis rodman like you have never seen him before and trust me, that's a tough feat to accomplish. >>> you might have thought it was over but the wheel keeps spinning on the super sequester. both houses of congress are back today after the president signed the executive order friday triggering $85 billion in spending cuts before the fall. of course, "snl" played up the folly of it all. >> and of course, these cuts will affect our military, our civil servants, federal construction projects, even grants to native americans. and, i'm the one who has to tell these folks, young men, there's no need to feel down. young men, pick yourself off the ground. young man, just because your funding is down there's no need to be unhappy. thank you, gentlemen. >> you're welcome. >> i loved that song. of course, around here we say it's fun to say it's the c c-y-c-l-e. anyway, president obama trying to walk back the cuts and my reputation. replace them with smarter cuts and new tax revenue but a new re
stars has befriended one of the world's most controversial dictators, north korea's kim jong un. really likes basketball. so he allowed dennis rodman to visit the capital city with a film crew. rodman brought back this message for president obama. >> he want obama to do one thing, call him. >> he wants a call from president obama? >> that's right. he told me that. he said if you can, dennis, i don't want do war. i don't want do war. >> okay. i'm not sure we should take dennis's word for it, though. peace-loving north korea conducted its third nuclear test right before dennis rodman's visit, and now is working on a long-range missile. but let's forget about peace and talk about love. here is dennis rodman again. >> his country like him, not like him, love him. love him. >> rodman and some harlem globetrotters got special tours of north korea's best sites. they did not see this north korea, where 6 million people need food eighth aid. 19% of the babies are malnourished, and most people make 4 bucks a day. those statistics explain why the state department was not thrilled about watching ki
third nuclear test, and there are many things that kim jong-un who's a new leader in north korea. everyone else is newer than he is, nonetheless, he could have issued through rodman or even by letter a very -- a more sophisticated note on how he would like to stand down on the nuclear front, stand down on some of the posturing on south korea. there are many things he could have done to make this serious. he's a pop culture guy, he's a young man. we have to ask ourselves, is he trying to do what he knows. as inadequate and silly as it sounds, maybe there's something deeper there. i don't think there is, but barack obama needs to respond to serious initiatives and not just the pop culture ones. and the leader of north korea needs to learn that. >> here's what i don't get about these diplomatic niceties. why isn't this the best time to call, after north korea has done something that we really really don't want and we really want them to stop doing it. the soviet missiles were in cuba, and so president kennedy was communicating as directly with nikita khrushchev as he could. he didn'
. those statistics explain why the state department was not thrilled about watching kim jong un roll out the red carpet for rodman. >> clearly you've got the regime spending money to wine and dine foreign visitors when they should be feeding their own people. >> so let's get this straight. the united states has not held formal talks with north korea since 2005, but this guy gets a seat at the table? dennis rodman, the player who head butted a ref and was once called the worm? the man who has always attracted attention for keeping strange company might have finally outdone himself. let's turn to eugene robinson, msnbc political analyst and associate editor pulitzer prize winning columnist for "the washington post." okay. how bizarre is this? >> well, it's hard to get weirder than this, ed. i mean, dennis rodman has i think five nba championships. he has been defensive player of the year. he is in the hall of fame. he is not going to be adding a nobel peace prize to his list of honors. it's not going to happen. this was really bizarre. >> does this make north korea look approachable to the
dennis rodman is in north korea reportedly telling kim jong-un he has a friend for life. rodman and globetrotters are there for a film documentary on hbo. kim jong-un, apparently a die-hard basketball fan. >>> and just moments ago, the latest rocket blasted off for a run to the international space station. the dragon capsule is full of supplies. it's the company's third delivery mission to the space station. those pictures are always cool. >>> three years ago the u.s. took home 30 olympic medals in canada. nine of them gold. who is that person with the long hair? i'll take you back there on this week's flashback friday. get a haircut. >>> more restaurants are offering cheap eats since the 2% tax hike took effect in january. cnbc's seema mody is here. >> that's right. a pullback from consumers in response, restaurants, chris, as you were pointing out, are stepping up their value offering subway will now include a $3 6-inch suband olive garden with a $6.95 lasagna primavera and restaurants are noticing the change and taking action. >> and my favorite story of the day, i think, the
dictator kim jong-un. rodman and members of the harlem globetrotters traveled to north korea for a documentary. the north korean leader was up for playing host. here they are sitting courtside for a and then went to a party. check out this tweet. maybe i'll run into the gangnam style dude while i'm here. that's a reference to the south korean rapper, spy. psy was not amused, saying i'm from south, man. who are the 9%, 10% or 12% of people who give congress thumbs up? "the new york times" asked people why they liked congress. some people backed off their vote entirely, using words like idiots and ninnies. someone else said it was an accident, and another said she just had surgery when she answered the question. overall, the tiny group of congress lovers fell into one of two caps. they just really are optimistic that everybody is trying their best. for the folks that think congress needs to step it up, there is stephen colbert's solution to the next budget crisis. >> i think i know why the sequester is not working. because it doesn't affect congress. the salaries of senators an
hamill. >>> dennis rodman made friends with north korean's kim jong-un watching basketball game. >> he wanted to give president obama something to say. he wants president obama to call him. >> he wants a call from president obama? >> that's right. >>> check this out, washington state lawmaker ed orcutt came up with a reason to pass bicycling law. according to science, he's completely wrong one study said that driving car produces ten times more co2 emissions than riding a bike. >>> nbc meteorologist bill karins joins us now tracking the weather. another storm. >> the very unpopular -- >> why do you say that? >> who wants to hear about a snowstorm in the march. this morning the snowstorm is going to move across the country over the next 3 1/2, 4 days. it's already on its way. this is just the beginning of this storm, today the worst travel, north dakota and minnesota. and portions of iowa. temperatures are cold enough for snow to accumulate. winter storm watches in northern portions of virginia, including washington, d.c. and baltimore. an updated winter storm warning for the greater ch
. the first known american to meet with kim jong-un. he said he had a message from the north american leader for president obama. >> and one thing he asked me to give obama something to say and do one thing. he want obama to do one thing. call him. >> he wants a call from president obama. >> that's right. he told me that. he said, if you can, dennis, i don't want the war. i don't want to do war. he said that to me. >> the young leader has defied u.n. sanctions by continuing to develop nuclear arms. accomplishing even little things can become major victories. i'm phil mickelson, pro golfer. when i was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, my rheumatologist prescribed enbrel for my pain and stiffness, and to help stop joint damage. [ male announcer ] enbrel may lower your ability to fight infections. serious, sometimes fatal events including infections, tuberculosis, lymphoma, other cancers, nervous system and blood disorders, and allergic reactions have occurred. before starting enbrel, your doctor should test you for tuberculosis and discuss whether you've been to a region where certain fungal
out of north korea show kim jong-un is focusing his missiles on the united states and south korea. video animation from a north korean website shows the missile fired by north korea destroying a u.s. nuclear capable bomber as well as a simulation of the u.s. capitol building burning to the ground. but is this latest call to arms mere propaganda or a clear threat? nbc chief pentagon correspondent jim miklashevski joins us. jim, i'm sorry for that. >> that's okay, jonathan. >> this all in response to a recent nuclear test and ongoing u.s. south korean military exercises in the region. what is the latest out of the pentagon this afternoon? >> well, in terms of the latest out of the pentagon this afternoon, despite all this heated rhetoric and this increased saber rattling out of north korea, u.s. military and intelligence officials say they still see no signs of any extraordinary or unordinary activities on the part of the north korean military. there were reports out of north korea overnight that they had actually manned many of their advanced missile batteries, but u.s. intelligenc
country on earth, north korea, and its bizarre leader kim jong-un? >>> finally, calling luke skywalker and captain kirk, was president obama referring to "star wars" or "star trek" when he criticized republicans last week about the sequester? the answer may be in the "sideshow." >>> let's begin with republican unity on spending cuts. howard fine marn is the editorial director for "the huffington post," and jared bernstein is a former economic adviser to vice president biden. both are msnbc political analysts. gentlemen, "the new york times" caught on to a trend within the republican party today with their front page headline "gop clings to one thing it agrees on, spending cuts." richard stevenson then wrote conservative governors are signing onto provisions of what they once derisively dismissed as obama care. prominent senate republicans are taking positions on immigration that would have gotten the party's presidential candidates hooted off the debate stage during last year's primaries. same-sex marriage has gone from being a reliable motivator for the conservative base to gaining br
is not going to call kim jong un and discuss whether the heat is going to beat the thunder in the nba finals. this year. it's not going to happen. >> should dennis rodman offer to answer questions to the state department? [ laughter ] >> i don't think the state department -- >> i had to ask that. i just had to ask it. >> maybe they would have some interest in what he observed as he went around north korea so they know a bit more about what is going on in the country. but i would like the hear that conversation. i would love a readout from that conversation. >> they love basketball. he loves basketball. so i guess the president could fill out his nba bracket and kim jong un could fill out his nba bracket. and of course, rodman could deliver it to him. >> right. >> this is one of the most bizarre international stories i think we have seen come down the pike in a long, long time. and rodman, for him 20 go on this week and play it serious even adds to how bizarre it is. and he actually thinks that he might be some kind of an ambassador in all of this. >> exactly. he is taking this very seriously
korea's dictator, kim jong-un, would be secretary of state john kerry or even president obama. but, no, former basketball star dennis rodman beat them to the punch. rodman, known as the worm, wiggled his way back into the spotlight after pictures surfaced of him hanging with the tyrant while visiting pyongyang to film a basketball documentary. rodman calls kim, quote, an awesome guy and a friend. even more bizarre was that the hall of famer revealed to abc's george stephanopoulos that kim gave him a message for president obama. listen. >> i sat with him for two days, and at one point he asked me to give obama something to say and do one thing. he wants obama to do one thing. call him. >> he wants a call from president obama? >> that's right. he told me that. he said, if you can, dennis, i don't want to do war. he loves basketball. obama loves basketball. let's start there. let's start there. >> do you expect the obama administration to use rodman's basketball diplomacy anytime soon but et's talk about it. chris cillizza is an msnbc political analyst. stephen smith is an espn commentato
. this comes at the end of the week in which kim jong-un ended the 60-year peace deal with south korea and threatened the united states with a preemptive nuclear attack. joining me now is william cohen and, sir, i'm so glad you're here because this is kind of frightening jargon that's coming out of kim jong-un. i mean, is there any way to gauge how serious these threats are? to make sure this isn't all just bluster? >> well, there is a lot of bluster, but i think that he would understand that any threat to the united states that he seeks to carry out would be met with a response that certainly would alter the geography in that region of the world. and i think what we have to do, three things, number one, we have to lower the rhetoric, which we have done. we have to increase the training and readiness, which we're also doing of our troops in the region along with the south korean forces. and what we also have to do is intensify the sanctions against the north korean regime, which we're doing. and the final thing is president obama said we will reach out to you with an open hand, but we
exercises and chanting against the united states. leader kim jong-un is urging his military to be on high alert and threatening the u.s. with nuclear attacks. but u.s. officials say any warhead being built by the north is nowhere near completion. >>> senate democrats unveiled legislation to prevent a government shutdown but the measure stopped short of easing any widespread pain from the sequester's automatic spending cuts. the catch-all bill will fund the day-to-day operations of government through september 30th. the bill expands on house gop legislation that passed last week. later this morning, paul ryan is expected to release his budget proposal. >>> the man accused in the deadly aurora colorado massacre is expected to enter a plea in court today. court documents confirm that 25-year-old james holmes has asked to enter an insanity plea to 166 counts of felony murder. that plea comes with conditions. late last night a judge ruled holmes has to be drugged for a state psychiatric exam. 12 people were killed and 76 others injured in that colorado movie theater shooting. >>> los angeles a
of angry threats from north korea's young leader. 28-year-old kim jong-un says his rocket forces are ready to, quote, settle accounts with the u.s. the latest hostile rhetoric is a reaction to a pair of u.s. b-2 stealth bombers that flew over south korea this week during joint training drills. the maneuver was meant to show america's ability to conduct precision strikes quickly and at will. >>> back at home, gun control advocates held rallies across the country, thursday, as president obama hosted mothers of gun violence victims at the white house. the president urged the country not to forget the tragedy at sandy hook while repeating his promise to fight to reduce gun violence. nbc's danielle lee has more now from washington. danielle, good morning. >> reporter: mara, good morning. supporters of gun reform hope more than 100 events yesterday will energize the nation. but here on capitol hill, lawmakers, even democrats, remain a tough sell on the issue. parents of the newtown shooting victims struggle to digest new details released by investigators about the shooter, adam lanza. documents
rhetoric, threatening to rain death and destruction on the u.s. and south korea, kim jong un seems to have taken a day off. perhaps the north korean leader ran out of things to say. north korea had warned saturday that the korean peninsula had entered what it called a state of war and threatened to shut down a border factory complex that's the last major symbol of interkorean cooperation. in fact, the peninsula has been in a technical state of war for 60 years. for all the rhetoric including a vow to launch a nuclear strike on the u.s., experts believe a full-sized conflict is extremely unlikely. but the growing tensions during which the north has renounced an armistice and cut lines across have raised fears here that a misjudgment between the sides could lead to a clash which could easily escalate. don't forget, also, that the u.s. has just under 30,000 troops stationed here. for its part, the white house said this weekend that the u.s. is taking the new threat seriously but also noted that pyongyang does have a history of bellicose rhetoric. richard? >> ian williams, thank you so much. n
's not forgetting about his bond with kim jong-un telling a north dakota news station he plans to return in august to vacation with the leader. and if you have rodman on speed dial, sign up for the text message pope alarm.com. they will send you a text message if smoke comes out of the chimney. and when the smoke goes up, they'll let you know what's coming down. >> you wouldn't hear about it normally. >> you need that service even if you're in rome i would have that. mitt romney will be addressing fellow republicans in the next few days at the cpac conference. how is he prepping? by celebrating. there he is, romney and his birthday hat. his 66th birthday. his son tag instagrammed him enjoying a fluffernutter cupcake and diet coke. excellent. that sounds like a delicious combination. >> that sounds really difficult. romney has other brothers too, right? -- sons. you always hear about tag, there's matt, josh, ben and craig. where are you? >> tag seems to be the one -- >> still ahead on "way too early," why you awake? tweets, texts and e-mails are next and "morning joe" is just moments away. do not h
that covered everythingquester cuts. >>> china backs the u.n. with new sanctions against north korea and kim jong-un. some of the items on the banned list, luxury yachts and race cars. more details on that, straight ahead. >>> first, our top story here at 5:30 a.m. in new york city. senator rand paul's filibuster may have done more to expose rifts among republicans than it did to draw attention to the administration's policy on drone strikes. the kentucky republican's nearly 13-hour stand on the senate floor was praised in a wide range of political circles from peace activists to the tea party. but some fellow republicans, including senators john mccain and lindsey graham are slamming rand's public protest and members of their own party have joined in. >> the country needs more senators who care about liberty. but if mr. paul wants to be taken seriously, he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids in their college dorms. he needs to know what he's talking about. >> to my republican colleagues, i don't remember any of you coming down here sugges
of those hot lines they have to south korea? >> that's right. over the years, north korea under kim jong-un and before him, his father kim jong-il have made threats like this before, but there's growing concern among some, because of the unpredictability of this new leader, the son of kim jong-il, they consider him to be extremely dangerous, and they're taking a very close look at this. they're so concerned that just last week the u.s. and the south korean government signed a new military agreement that in the event of any kind of attack by north korea, that the two allies, the u.s. and south korea could work together in a possible counter attack. so people are taking this very seriously. they see no imminent threat. they see no indications from the south koreans that they are actually preparing to stage any attacks, but nevertheless everybody is taking this threat seriously and they're on a high aall right of watch, at least. jim mickle shells can i from the pentagon, we appreciate it. thank you so much. >> okay, luke. >>> there was a jobs for our heroes job fair today, an effort to help v
leader kim jong-un this week and they had dinner and partied it up a little bit and he was with the harlem globetrotters before leaving the country. the former nba star had this to say about kim jong-un. >> he's proud. his country likes him. not likes him, loves him. >> yes. i love him. that guy is awesome. >> i've got quite a bit to say about this particular diplomatic trip. i will share my thoughts on that in our next hour. still to come, though, when a threat might not be a threat and what it means for the white house press corps and what it says about us. plus, the college of cardinals will gather monday, who are the favorites to succeed pope benedict xvi. >>. you're watching msnbc the place for politics and the place for papal politics, as well. [ fishing rod casting line, marching band playing ] [ male announcer ] the rhythm of life. [ whistle blowing ] where do you hear that beat? campbell's healthy request soup lets you hear it... in your heart. [ basketball bouncing ] heart healthy. great taste. mmm... [ male announcer ] sounds good. it's amazing what soup can
that of castro in cuba, or kim jong-un in north korea. but the big difference is we have economic relations with venezuela. explain that sort of, i guess that sort of odd dynamic. >> well, the dynamic, chuck, is that chavez was basically pragmatic in his relationship with the u.s. venezuela's our fourth largest oil supplier, they're members of opec, venezuela is like their political -- oil is like their political weapon, but whenever it was with the u.s., they never used it. and chavez, it's all the citgo stations in the u.s. chavez never used it. however, the last 14 years the relationship has been very frigid, and i think it is an opportunity for us to step in in a new relationship with venezuela. it's an important oil-producing country. there's going to be an election there. the opposition candidate is pro-u.s. maduro, the vice president is not pro-u.s., but i think is going to be more pragmatic with chavez. but in the region, i think we have an opportunity to make inroads in the region because several countries had started to follow chavez against the u.s. in the region. >> right. that'
military bases in japan and guam if provoked. this comes a day after kim jong-un conducted a mock drone strike on south korea. >>> live pictures now from chicago where the hiring our heroes job fair just kick off. this is the second anniversary of the program that helps find jobs for veterans and military spouses. the program has a goal of hiring 500,000 veterans by the end of 2014. at today's event, more than 75 employers are on site, and they are ready, as you can see, to conduct interviews. >>> a team searching the waters of the atlantic discovered what they believe are two of the engines from apollo 11. that's the rocket that first landed on the moon in 1969. amazon founder jeff bezos privately founded that search. they were found about 360 miles east of the launch pad three miles deep. they're expected to be brought back to port today. eventually, they'll be put on display. >>> and what would you think if your employer said you have to report your weight or be charged extra to be a part of the company's health plan? more and more companies are adopting these policies. >>> well n th
with south korea, they are cautious about what kim jong-un means about that exactly. here is nbc's ian williams from south korea. >> reporter: craig, not only did north korea declare a state of war, it says it will now deal with south korea according to war-time regulations. it's not clear what that means since this peninsula has been in a technical state of war for 60 years. officials here in seoul dismiss the claims and a rally where tens and thousands turned out shouting death to the u.s. imperialists. he's already scrapped the korean war and cut lines. kim has ordered his missiles on stand by to strike the u.s., guam, even hawaii. experts doubt he has the ability to hit u.s. targets and thinks it would be pretty suicidal to try. they believe a full-scale conflict is extremely unlikely but they do worry about a more localized provocation, perhaps around yellow waters where the north has been holding exercises. there have been several clashes there in recent years and when i visited, i found the most vulnerable island ten miles of the north on a high state of alert. they fear he may
kim jong-un and what he told leaders after he left pyongyang after watching a basketball game and having a little din we are the leader. >> he was so honest. and one thing that, guess what? his grandfather and his father were great leaders. and he's such a proud man. i love him. i love -- the guy's awesome. >> dennis rodman there. he was in north korea to film a documentary for hbo. his visit coming just weeks after the north koreans conducted a nuclear test that was, of course, condemned by the united states and the united nations. >>> and it's the return of amtrak joe with the sequester cuts looming, the vice president said he'll do miss part to sam some money and happily stop taking air force two and start riding the train again. just like he did when he was a senator. >>> mitt romney, broken his post-election silence in an interview to air on fox news sunday. governor romney talks about the days as a presidential candidate. >> we were on a roller coaster. exciting and thrilling, ups and downs but the ride ends and then you get off. and it's not like, oh, can't we be on the
jong un a great friend, his best friend, a nice guy? doesn't that undercut pressure from the west? >> you know what, dennis rodman was a great basketball player, and as a diplomat, he was a great basketball player. that's where we'll leave it. >> as a diplomat, you have been a senator for decades. you have been your own boss. what's it like to coordinate and as some have suggested in the past regarding secretary clinton, take instructions on foreign policy from people in the white house who, frankly, don't have as much experience as you. this was a problem with your predecessor. >> i think -- there's lots of experience in the white house. please don't diminish that, number one. number two, i'm delight to work for this president, with the president and his advisors. it's a great team. the president has a terrific vision. that's what i came over here to try to reinforce is to really cement a community of action around common values, common economic interests, common security interests, and in europe, we did that, and in rome we made it clear how we would join together with respect t
to north korea and satisfying the leaders kim jong un's love of basketball and does this help prop him up to have prominent americans, and there have been others, to go to north korea and show friendship with the regime? >> well, first of all, andrea, you have overstated my basketball skills, so i want to set the record straight on that. >> no. you are an athlete. we know that. >> but clearly, i thought secretary kerry put it best when he said that dennis rodman has been a great basketball player, and as a diplomat, he is a great basketball player. >> at the same time would your warning be to other americans not to show signs of friendship to this regime at a time when they are, in fact, threatening to break the armistice, the 1953 armistice with the south? it's maintained for all of these decades. >> the north has made a number of threats and taken a lot of provocative actions, which we think are condemnable and aren't getting it anywhere, and, frankly, i think the north needs to understand that as long as it persists in this approximate behavior that, the sort of friendship that it want
to pyongyang. i was there on that trip, october 2000. what a trip it was. this was kim jong-un's father, predecessor. this was as time of great hope. >> i think we got quite far on that trip. we were in the middle of negotiations, and then the clinton administration left office. i am sad to say that the bush administration didn't pick up the hand of cards that we left on the table there. >> in fact, in talking to president clinton years later, he said he had two choices at the end of his term. one was to pick up on yasser arafat's officer to come to camp david and make a deal. that was december, and also of course to follow up on your initiative, to go to north korea and even normalize relationships, and there are real down risks. >> and it was a very confusing election, actually. there was a lot of confusion. >> what we see is a -- he's 28 years old, trying to impress the military. it's a show of force, but when i talk to top national security officials right now, they say they don't know if there could be an accident, a miscalculation, in cancelling the armistice, and it's always tens
when they look at north korea. they were hoping that the new leader, kim jong-un, who took over after his father died, would be more willing to work with the united states. but that is not the case. in fact, they have looked at the situation in north korea, and say that it really appears as though they are moving in the opposite direction, more bellicose, more isolated, so they are watching the country very closely. president obama, of course, has mapped out an ambitious second term agenda which includes immigration reform. a new gun control legislation. but a lot of people say that the situation in north korea, and also iran, could wind up dominating a lot of his second term. alex? >> okay. kristen, thank you very much for that from the white house. >> thank you. >> about ten minutes or so from now we're going to talk with congresswoman loretta sanchez. she's here in studio. she's of course a member of the homeland security committee and we're going to ask her directly how serious is north korea in terms of being a threat here to the u.s. homeland? >>> meantime, in less than an hour
. the north korean leader, kim jong un went even beyond what he had done before in using sexist, demeaning, colloquial language about the first female president of south korea who was just inaugurated. he seems to want to spark controversy there. and hamid karzai, the constellation of problems that the president faces in foreign policy. afghanistan, a huge problem with karzai behaving in such a way that it's going to inflame congress, if not the white house. it's awfully hard to keep saying well he's got domestic political problems. he is the -- he's the leader we have to deal with. but it's not going well. >> all of this is an illustration of it feels like it's particularly second-term issues with presidents. it's always something and no matter how much they want to sort of set out an agenda of the things that they want to finish up with their the world has this nasty tendency to intrude. and there were so many different multiple possibilities for headaches, all of which we're talking about. >> just the very fact that he is leaving for this trip is still going to get a lot of attention. a
used to bolster north korean leader kim jong-un military credentials. so far, officials in south korea say no suspicious activity in north korea has been detected. >>> and amanda knox has been ordered by italy's top criminal court to stand trial again for the 2007 murder of her roommate meredith kercher. knox released a statement vowing to fight on. knox said, quote, it was painful to receive the news that the italian supreme court decided to send my case back for revision when the prosecution's theory of my involvement in meredith's murder has been repeatedly revealed to be completely unfounded and unfair. knox and her then boyfriend who were originally prosecuted and found guilty of killing kercher. knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison but later acquitted after serving only four. today's ruling means the case against knox will be reheard at a new appeals court in florence either later this year or 2014. knox doesn't have to go back for the trial. and if the court upholds the conviction, then italy would have to seek extradition with the united states. that would be a fascinating
are high after north korea's leader kim jong un threatened to attack the u.s. and south korea with nuclear weapons. >>> banks in cyprus opened today for the first time in two weeks following a near meltdown of the country's banking sector. the banks reopened under very tight controls imposed on large depositors and others as part of a rescue package to prevent the country from defaulting. >>> lawyers for oscar pistorius won a victory as the judge lifted the tight bail restrictions after he was charged with premeditated murder of his girlfriend. with today's ruling, pistorius will get his passport back and will be able to compete overseas. >>> this week, north dakota became the latest state to challenge roev. wade, moving to ban abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy on the heels of arkansas and other states chipping away at abortion access. those caught up in the debate think that abortion could soon be headed back to the supreme court. is that a good thing? joining me planned parenthood president, cecille richards joining me from new york. good to see you. >> great to see you. >> w
revs ] ♪ >>> right now on "andrea mitchell reports" -- rockets ready. north korean leader, kim jong un issue as battle cry to his generals. as thousands march against america in pyongyang. is this just more saber-rattling? >>> foreign relations committee senator bob corker meeting in south korea today. >> hopefully what will occur is cooler heads will prevail and this will deescalate and hopefully we can have fruitful negotiations about the future. >> gun fight -- senators marco
through the main square in pyongyang, the mass demonstration was a show of support for kim jong-un who ordered the country's rockets on standby. >>> former south african president nelson mandela remains in the hospital. he's said to be making steady progress. >>> americans are still shopping despite higher gas prices and payroll taxes. spending was up .7% last month leading some economists to raise growth targets for the quarter. >>> now back to "hardball." >>> welcome back to h"hardball." no secret supreme court justices are apair of popular opinion when they start cases, the background music of this week's two gay marriage cases was at tuesday of the public on that. in 2009, not 100 years ago, 2009, only 32% of african-americans supported same-sex marriage, while a majority of african-americans, 53%, were opposed. by december of last year, 2012, the percentage supporting in that community supporting same-sex marriage jumped to a majority, 51%. the biggest jump in support for gay marriage was among blue collar workers of all ethnic groups. back in 2004, only 18% were in favor. now wit
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